STAFF and students at a Newquay school are celebrating after being highly commended in three categories at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
Treviglas Community College was the only secondary school to bag an award at the glitzy presentation evening at the Atlantic Hotel in December.
The college won three runners-up awards at the ceremony for Energy and Water, Purchasing and Waste and Local Wellbeing, after it made changes to reduce its power usage and waste.
The awards reward educational establishments that embrace sustainability in their curriculums and school ethos.
Gordon Stone, caretaker at Treviglas, said: "We are hugely proud of the work we have done so far and to have that work recognised for its efforts is incredible.
"The hope is to become as carbon neutral as possible, and this kind of recognition will definitely spur us on." Karen Ross, head teacher, added: "Sustainability is very close to my heart. I was so impressed by last year's conference that I was determined that we would return this year, having made a real difference to both our carbon footprint and our understanding of how to make a lasting difference. Our students are tomorrow's community leaders – they are already affecting our environment in a positive way."